Around the town
The National Security Agency is probably spying on you. A few weeks ago, the Associated Press reported that the Department of Justice had subpoenaed two months of their phone records—not the actual conversations, but information on which phone numbers they had called and when they had made the calls. Yesterday, The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald revealed that the NSA has a secret court order allowing them to collect that info from all Verizon users—including journalists—in the United States.
Libya: Obama’s speech in March “seemed to elevate the absence of a doctrine to a doctrine.” [Bill Keller]
2013: “Eliot running as an independent would be an asset to a Republican nominee because it would create a division of loyalty in the Democratic base,” says Dick Grasso. [Michael Saul]
Bloomberg reports that a major sting operation involving hedge funds and ponzi schemes is underway, and we’re going to find out more as the day goes on:
A crackdown on financial frauds including Ponzi schemes and stock market manipulation has resulted in U.S. enforcement actions against 343 criminal defendants and 189 civil defendants Read More
told you so
Congressmen Jerrold Nadler and Anthony Weiner released statements this morning that praised the government for securing a conviction in the first civilian trial of a former Guantanamo detainee.
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was convicted on only one count–out of more than 280 brought against him–but Nadler and Weiner each hailed the process as a victory for Read More
Attorney General Eric Holder is joining several state attorneys general in an escalating legal inquiry over reports of legally dubious foreclosure proceedings initiated by major lenders like JPMorgan Chase and Ally (formerly known as GMAC).
Reuters reports that Holder said today he’s looking into “charges that have surfaced in the newspapers in the Read More
While others debate whether bloggers — even those who traffic in questionably obtained electonics — deserve the same protections as journalists, Times reporter James Risen has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury about the anonymous sources for his book, State of War: The Secret History of the C.I.A. Read More
The Obama administration seems to have settled on a solution for its Khalid Sheikh Mohammed problem: try the alleged 9/11 mastermind and other high-level detainees in revamped military courts that accord more rights, while still closing Guantanamo.
The details have yet to be hammered out, but that general framework has bipartisan support, according Read More
Before Najibullah Zazi is finally dispatched to a secure cellblock for good, it is important to remember how the taxi driver–turned–terrorist was brought to justice—and why the critics who jeered his civilian prosecution were dead wrong. By convicting Mr. Zazi and pursuing the leads that his capture and interrogation have provided, the F.B.I. has shown Read More
Attorney General Eric Holder has taken more than a few lumps for his decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Foley Square–enough that the New York Times and the New Yorker each saw fit to detail his troubles in a pair of lengthy profiles.
Now it seems Mr. Holder has Read More
Whether or not you think Khalid Sheik Mohammed deserves to be tried in a civilian criminal court, you have this to look forward to when the trial gets under way next year: checkpoints, lots of police officers in the streets, and rooftop snipers lurking above, along with plainclothes police officers, and perhaps, motorcades for the judges Read More